The Macdonald Museum

The MacDonald Museum located in Middleton, Annapolis Valley, NS

The Annapolis Valley Macdonald Museum Middleton, Nova Scotia


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According to Nova Scotian folk medicine, you should place salt fish on the patient’s feet to combat a fever.


Until 1803 the Annapolis Valley community of Lawrencetown was known as Dunn’s Mills.


1922, August 31 the Berwick Register reports a three pound "Rome Beauty" apple, the largest apple ever grown on record.


Falmouth native Trevor Andrew competed in Snow Boarding in the 1998 Nagano Olympics.


In July of 1883 a cyclone was reported to have hit the area about mid -day. It struck the "Evangeline" on her way down to Digby. The only causality reported though was one lady lost her hat.


Abundant in Nova Scotian coastal waters, Pollock is commonly retailed as Boston Bluefish.


If someone says something was "some good" then they are saying it was very good.


The Bluenose II is called Nova Scotia’s sailing ambassador.


Isle Haute, an island in the Bay of Fundy has had hundreds of people search it for treasure supposedly buried there by infamous pirate, Ned Lowe.


Even though it is separated from the rest of the county by the Minas Basin, Parrsboro, at one time was part of Kings County.


In 1904 the Nova Scotia Sanatorium for the treatment of tuberculosis was built in Kentville.


Ernest Buckler, a famous Annapolis Valley author chronicled local life in such books as “The Mountain and the Valley” and “Oxbells and Fireflies”.


In 1929 Annapolis Royal experienced and earthquake strong enough to knock dishes off the walls.


In 1925 small steam boats carrying supplies from St. John, NB for the various grocery stores travelled up the Annapolis River on the full tide as far as Bridgetown.


In the summer we can't wait for a bowl of "Hodge Podge" which is made with all new vegetables from the garden.


Nova Scotia farmers considered the unlikely combination of molasses, oat meal and water a refreshing drink at haying time.

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During “Cherry Sunday" in Bear River you could buy the fruit off a cherry tree from a local farmer for between fifty cents to three dollars. Once bought, you would bring the family to spend a day, or weekend completely picking the tree clean of the fruit.


The first white settlers to the Port George area were the Gates family, the same ones known in the area for their doctor’s home remedies. Their popular Gates Invigorating Syrup was supposed to cure everything.


In 1838 the Western Stage coach Company was formed to operate four-horse drawn coaches from Halifax to Annapolis Royal three times a week during the summer and two or three times a week during the winter.


Born in Kentville, Gladys Porter was both the first female mayor in Eastern Canada in the 1940's and the first female to be elected to the Nova Scotia Legislature.


In 1846 a sudden gale like tornado, which was accompanied by hail and thunder swept through the Annapolis County from the westward, demolishing buildings and uprooting trees.


The strong current of the Bay of Fundy stirs up lots of plankton as it travels back and forth. This plankton attracts plenty of herring and mackerel which in turn attract many species of whales to area.


Small railed platforms found on top of many houses along the coast are called a "Widow's Walk".


Nova Scotia does not have an official bird. It is the only province without one.